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Thread #162443   Message #3867467
Posted By: Iains
21-Jul-17 - 07:11 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Very Sad Case Of Charlie Gard
Subject: RE: BS: The Very Sad Case Of Charlie Gard
With the media circus surrounding this tragic case, are the child's rights remaining paramount. The doctors have a point of view, as do the parents.
    Perhaps medical science has outpaced medical ethics. Is saving life the prime consideration or have we reached the point where quality of life should be an essential part of the equation. Euthanasia is a dirty word to some but to have a life fully dependant on others and a reliable power supply does require questions be asked.
    Have advances in technology allowed us to play God with seriously impaired life.
    Is not the medical profession a disgrace to have reached this position without any public discussion of the issues or not to have a written consensus of procedures to be followed? To go through the Courts to reinvent the wheel each time an issue like this arises is simply not good enough.
One modern version of the Hippocratic oath has the following:
"I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism."
Society as a whole needs to both ask and answer these questions.